VIDEO: USA star Wambach scores after Irish defender smashed in face

Showing the ruthlessness that makes her the cornerstone of the US Women’s soccer team, Abby Wambach buried a goal in the net despite an Irish defender on the ground after taking a ferocious hit in the face.

It was the first goal in the friendly between the Republic of Ireland and the US in San Jose on Sunday.

Ireland were defending a corner when Méabh De Búrca was hit hard in the face by the ball.

If you cannot see the embedded Facebook post check it out here.

Goalkeeper Niamh Reid-Burke went to De Búrca’s assistance, and Wambach took the chance to roll the ball into the unguarded net.

Wambach was right to play to the whistle, although you could argue the referee should have blown when an Irish player was on the ground with a possible head injury.

No serious harm done, De Búrca tweeted today to say she was fine.

Ireland went on to lose 3-0 and will play Haiti at 1am (Irish time) On Thursday.

More in this Section

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

Mahony: I was no longer enjoying county lifeMahony: I was no longer enjoying county life

Dalton front and centre again as Fr O’Neill’s eye All-IrelandDalton front and centre again as Fr O’Neill’s eye All-Ireland

Rovers’ road takes them from brink of Junior B to CrokerRovers’ road takes them from brink of Junior B to Croker


Arlene Harris talks to three women who have stayed on good terms with their ex.The ex-factor: Three women on staying friends with their former partner

A child sleep expert outlines simple things to do during the day to help children settle better at night.10 clever daytime hacks to help your child get a good night’s sleep

More From The Irish Examiner